Oil Vs. Electric

Trying to choose the right boiler can be a difficult decision. This is especially true when you do not know the common differences between them. Some of the most popular types are the electric and oil boilers. Both of these are used to heat up homes – but they are used in different climates and have different features.


The electric boiler will use various heating elements to heat the tap water that is held within the covered tank. The water is circulated through piping in the floors heating systems. This piping could be the radiator or inside of the baseboards. You control the temperature via a thermostat that is in each room. Boilers are ideal for apartments or businesses as a way to heat up individual rooms.


The oil boiler uses a motor that will heat a measure of pressurized oil contained within a burning chamber. The hot gases from the burning oil will travel up through the piping and into the furnaces distributed throughout the home. A thermostat is used to regulate the temperature of most or all of the radiators. The gases will be released outside of the home through a stack pipe in the chimney. This is used in homes.


The electric boiler is considered to be much more efficient than that of the oil burner. The most important advantage is that it does not produce or release any carbon monoxide into the air and there are no venting problems to contend with. Technology has become more advanced and people are able to save on the electricity costs with the much newer models.

Though oil boilers are efficient in saving you money each month they produce low emissions of combustion discharge and smoke. The cost of the fuel will depend on how much the price has gone up or down for crude oil.